The weight loss supplement industry in America is doing very, very well. Americans spend roughly $2 billion on weight loss supplements each year. Considering that more than two out of three Americans are either overweight or obese, I think it’s safe to assume that these supplements aren’t doing their job.
What is BIO X4?
BIO X4 is marketed as a four-in-one weight management probiotic. It contains four main active ingredients: a probiotic blend, a digestive enzyme blend, a weight management blend, and a craving control blend. Using these four components, it promises to help you “take control of your appetite again, enhance your metabolism and digestion, and feel better than ever.”
Wow. That sounds amazing! I mean, I would love to feel better than ever. Who wouldn’t? And all I need to do is take a pill before each meal.
But does it work?
BIO X4 isn’t cheap. A (discounted) 180-day supply ordered from their official website will run you close to $500. At this price, you would certainly want it to work.
And Nucific claims that it does. Their website professes that “the hunger-control power of caralluma fimbriata and the fat-burning capabilities of EGCG work in concert with the digestive boost of probiotics and digestive enzymes to help your body reach its full weight-loss potential.”
Well, not so fast. Online reviews of the product are quite varied. On Amazon, 64% of consumers gave it a perfect five-star rating. However, the average score is only three. Some of the positive reviews indicate that the supplement did result in weight loss. But many stated that BIO X4 was only helpful in improving digestion and eliminating bloating and abdominal discomfort after eating.
Almost all the negative reviews reported that there was absolutely no weight loss – or any effect at all, for that matter – after taking the supplement for well over a month.
Okay, but will it work for me?
So, how do we know whether BIO X4 will work for you? There probably is no way of knowing for certain without actually trying the product.
However, what we can do is take a scientific approach and examine the individual effectiveness of each ingredient:
Probiotic Blend. Each capsule of BIO X4 contains 4 billion CFU of five different probiotics. That’s a hefty amount, considering you’re taking three per day for a total of 12 billion CFU.
Probiotics have long been taken to help support the immune system. This Harvard Health Publication reports that taking probiotics will, indeed, help support immune function as well as improve nutrient absorption.
Research on whether taking a probiotic can help with weight loss is conflicting at best, however. Some studies have found a definite link between gut flora numbers and body weight. It seems that obese subjects in these studies had far fewer “good” bacteria than people who were a healthy weight. This does not, necessarily, mean that taking a probiotic leads to weight loss.
One promising study found that taking probiotics did lead to weight loss in female participants. Unfortunately, the men in the study didn’t experience any weight loss as a result of taking supplemental probiotics.
Digestive Enzyme Blend. BIO X4 contains 43 g of amylase, bromelain, and lipase combined. They help break down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, respectively. Digestive enzymes have been shown to offer some health benefits. As a result of breaking down food into smaller particles, nutrients are more readily absorbed by the digestive tract. This can result in an increase in energy levels, especially if nutrient absorption has been an issue.
Digestive enzymes can also help prevent bloating and abdominal discomfort after eating which lends some credibility to the manufacturer’s claim that BIO X4 will enhance your digestion.
Weight Management Blend. This “blend” is really just 100 mg of green tea extract. Nucific, the makers of BIO X4, claim that 50% of it is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). This compound is said to help reduce appetite by lowering the body’s “hunger hormone” levels.
Unfortunately, research results are inconclusive at best. One promising study found modest results with three daily doses of 90 mg each. This, however, is far more than the mere 150 mg you’d be consuming when taking BIO X4 at the prescribed dose.
Craving Control Blend. This “blend” (again, only one ingredient) refers to 166 mg of Slimaluma, the trademarked name for Caralluma Fimbriata, a cactus found in warm climates such as India. Traditionally, it has been used by Indian tribes as an appetite suppressant during long hunts.
While studies indicate that this plant extract might take inches off your waist and decrease your appetite and, therefore, your calorie intake, it seems that body weight and body fat levels remain unaffected.
The jury is still out.
With so much conflicting information, it is difficult to determine whether BIO X4 is consistently effective in helping consumers lose a significant amount of weight. Furthermore, many of the online testimonials also claim that the supplement was taken in combination with a new, healthy diet as well as an exercise plan.
This makes it difficult to determine whether any beneficial effects were as a direct result of taking BIO X4, or because of a positive lifestyle change.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee!
This might be BIO X4’s saving grace. Who doesn’t love getting their money back when something doesn’t work? BIO X4 comes with a money-back guarantee. Nucific’s website states that you will receive a full refund if you return the product within 90 days. This is definitely a bonus.
Final Thoughts Bio X4
It’s been said time and time again that there is no magic weight loss pill. It seems that the most commonly experienced positive results from taking BIO X4 involve improved digestion. This is great unless, of course, your main objective is to lose weight – the main purpose for which the product is marketed.
And again, while some people do report that they were able to lose weight while taking this supplement, it is difficult to determine whether BIO X4 or a positive change in lifestyle led to their weight loss.
So, should you try BIO X4?
If you have some pounds to lose and would like to improve your digestion and energy levels, it’s probably worth a shot. Just be sure to keep your receipt and keep an eye on the calendar so that if you need to, you can return it before the 90-day deadline.
Health enthusiast, runner, protein nut. Owen likes to write about protein, particularly alternatve supplementation and supplement comparisons.